Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dust Storm, Persuasive Writing & Ask ESOL teachers

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Yesterday we experienced a weather phenomenon that Sydney had not experienced for more than 30 years, a severe dust storm. Richard Glover from the abc radio, Drive 702, talked to Sannon Lush who is an expert on cleaning. Listen to the podcast and you may find very good tips on what to do to clean up the mess at home. You can check these photos that listeners sent to the abc radio website.

Write a recount of your day yesterday. Did you see the sky? Did your house get dirty? Was your throat itchy? Your mouth dry? tell us about it.

Yesterday we were playing with the smartboard and we created a persuasion map. The topic was The benefits of using technology to improve our English (ESOL& technology).
THis is template you can use to guide your exposisionor persuasive text.

Have a look at what we did on the left, I will also give you a print so that you can read it better and write notes on it.
Before you write your text visit Persuasive Writing. It will help you with your task.

You must write 5 paragraphs:

  1. 1. Introduction (state your thesis)
  2. 2. Reason 1 and examples or facts that support it
  3. 3. Reason 2 and examples or facts that support it
  4. 4. Reason 3 and examples or facts that support it
  5. 5. Conclusion
Publish your text in your blog.

Now let's do something to help a group of 8 teachers who are learning how to write blogs. You've already done this, so you can show off your skills:
  • Create stickies on the Wall wisher below and write questions or suggestions about teaching ESOL.The teachers will have to answer them and copy the wall wisher onto their own blogs and ask their students to add more questions. Please try to also add a picture or a relevant link to a website, podcast or video. For a whole board click here.

    Finally, check Marion's post where she tells her students about Breakfast on the Bridge on October 25. I have already registered for the draw. Do it! It should be very interesting.

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